NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Selling Baller-Worthy Virginia Mansion

    Posted by Cristin  |  July 27, 2012  |  12:01 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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    Gilbert Arenas

    Great Falls, VA

    Most Known For

    NBA baller who's knees and personal reputation crumbled beneath him

    Home Stats

    7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 13,000 square feet, in-ground grotto and shark tank

    Price

    $3,500,000

    NBA baller, Gilbert Arenas, is looking to bounce-pass his Great Falls, Virginia property to a buyer who may also have an affinity for a seductive in-ground grotto and shark tank. Price tag for a house with those unique features? Only $3.5M. A lot for the average Joe or Jane, but it’s pocket change for a professional athlete who once signed a $111 million dollar contract. After some personal missteps on and off the court, Arenas has found his career in relative “no man’s land.” This means it’s time to sell the shark tank-laden mansion that costs the baller a small fortune to maintain each month.

    Aside from moving in some scary dorsal-finned roommates, Arenas also spent about a million clams creating a custom-built grotto and pool with a waterslide. Perfect for the kind of parties that many professional athletes are so (in)famous for.

    The seven bedroom, ten bath home spans over 13,000 square feet of space. According to the listing language, the “expansive, grand home is sited on an exquisite gated lot.” Aside from the sultry outdoor entertaining areas, the interior features soaring ceilings, gleaming cherry floors, custom details throughout, grand entertaining spaces and comfortable family living space. If your personal interests include both grotto-sitting AND cooking, this home could be the one for you, as it features a chef’s kitchen with large breakfast room. In true baller fashion, this home is the ultimate playground.

    Donna Karpa of Long & Foster holds the listing

    Additional images courtesy of the Mouse on House virtual tour.

    Hat tip to the folks at Deadspin for originally reporting this listing.

      Drake Buys Incredible Compound in Hidden Hills for $7.7M

      Posted by Cristin  |  July 16, 2012  |  10:40 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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      Drake

      Hidden Hills, CA

      Most Known For

      Actor/Rapper

      Home Stats

      7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 7,444 square feet, resort-style swimming pool

      Price

      $7,700,000

      Drake, the multi-platinum rapper, has just purchased the massive Hidden Hills compound he has been renting for the past few months. The home is no stranger to the real estate market – it hit the market in January 2009 with an eye-popping $27M asking price - that’s $3,627 per square foot. With no one willing to pay way-above-market-value for the suped-up estate, the price was chopped all the way down to $9.95M in November of 2009. 3 years and $2.25M more in price reductions, Drake has purchased the palatial pad for the bargain basement price of $7.7M, according to public records.

      Marketed at “the ultimate Hidden Hills compound estate” and a “world class private resort,” the estate features 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and clocks in at 7,444 square feet. Larry Pollack, the owner of the famous Saddle Ranch Chop Houses, purchased the estate for “land value only” in 2003, and spent 4 years rebuilding and constructing this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. No expense was spared on interior appointments and all new exterior grounds. A multi-million dollar pool boasts cascading waterfalls, 80′ water slide, a grotto and more. Other exterior features include a tennis court, 5 stall horse facilities with riding area, a sand volleyball court, commercial bathrooms, mechanical bull, viewing pavilions and more. The interior features include 24-seat theater, game room, spa/massage room, master suite with his/hers bathrooms, and a spectacular wine cellar/tasting room.

      Enjoy the new digs, Drake!

      Images via the MLS.